Sacred Conversations to End Racism 2-Day Intensive Workshop

The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minnesota Police office Derek Chauvin ignited uprisings across the nation and globe. Protestors used advocacy and nonviolent direct activism to bring awareness and recognition that state-sanctioned violence would not be tolerated towards people of African descent. UCC Racial Justice Ministries welcomes clergy and laypersons to embark on an anti-racism learning journey.

Register today for an intensive 2-day anti-racism workshop.

Day One Outline

  • Racism In The American Church 
    White Savior: Racism In The American Church V
  • How Did We Get Here? 
    Transformative Work – Dismantling The Colonial Narrative
    Pre-human & Pre-colonial History
  • Historical Construction of The Myth of Race
    The Architects of Race Myths
    Structural, Institutional And Individual Racism
  • The Myth Of European & Anglo Saxon Superiority
    Internalized White Supremacy
    Intent Vs. Impact – A Case Study

Day Two Outline

  • Decentering Whiteness
    How You See Me
  • Dismantling Christian Supremacy
    Cultural Theologies
    Reading The Hebrew Bible Responsibly
  • Do No Harm
    Restorative Healing & Spiritual Care
    Strategies For The Journey

Sacred Conversations to End Racism skillfully builds a common analysis and shared vocabulary for people of faith to dismantle racism in our hearts, our churches, and the wider world. SC2ER moves beyond content to suggest both in praxis and design that this sacred work can only be done in community. By immersing the learner (and we all are continually learning) within a cohort community that spans geography, age, and gender, sexual, and racial identities, we discover the heart of this work–deep listening and collaborative labor in the context of relationships of accountability. Dr. Velda Love is transforming the work of racial justice in the United Church of Christ, inviting us to join this sacred journey together. It is not easy work or a journey that can be made half-heartedly. Rather it is the lens through which our study of scripture, our understanding of God and one another is made new. I highly recommend Sacred Conversations to End Racism.

Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss

“It is difficult to express how this SC2ER study has affected me in terms of my personal, spiritual, psychological being. To be clear, it is the most difficult course of study in which I have ever participated. And in all of these areas, it has been the most liberating. Sacred Conversations is an unprecedented invitation to be part of a transformative vision whose goal it is to eradicate racism. Through in depth study into the historical myths of race, one is called upon to examine all implicit and explicit beliefs about what one thinks they know, in order to truly grasp the gross and immoral impact racism has had, and continues to have, on every system in this country. This study requires commitment to study, a listening heart, a desire to share what you’ve learned and an immense amount of humility. I promise you will never be the same.”

Rev. Clare Twomey, SC2ER Certified Facilitator, Senior Pastor, Vista Grande Community Church

Questions? Contact UCC.

Rev. Dr. Velda Love
Minister for Racial Justice
(216) 736-3719